The federal government’s 15-count case against Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been dismissed by a federal high court in Abuja.
On Friday, Judge Binta Nyako dismissed Kanu’s appeal, striking out charges 6,7,9,10,11,12,13, and 14.
Counts 1,2,3,4,5,8, and 15 will be heard during his trial.
“I have studied the counts in this immediate preliminary objection motion, and counts 6,7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14 have not shown any offence,” the court concluded.
“Some allegations are shown in counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 15.”
“The defendant will be tried on those counts by the court.”
Kanu is facing a 15-count revised allegation that borders on treasonable crime.
Kanu’s primary lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, calls the accusations “defective and unjustified.”
He claims his motion is for the “quashing, striking out, and dismissal of the 15-count revised accusation” because he is “incompetent and denying the court of jurisdiction to consider the complaint,” according to him.
The case also seeks an order acquitting and dismissing Kanu, which is based on 34 reasons and backed by a 36-paragraph affidavit.
“You’re accusing Kanu of broadcasting something.” You didn’t specify the location of these broadcasts. Were they created in the spirit world, in the air, or under the earth?” Ozekhome enquired.
He further stated that a prosecutor is required under the federal high court legislation to provide accurate facts of the site where an offence is committed.
Ozekhome accepted his application and requested that the entire accusation be dismissed.
The prosecution’s lawyer, Shuaibu Labaran, sought the court to dismiss the defendant’s application.